Manuka Honey under Threat from Cheaper Scottish Alternative
According to a report, New Zealand's Lucrative Manuka Honey Export Industry is under threat from a cheaper Scottish alternative. The scientists say the alternative Scottish Company boosts even greater medicinal power than the Manuka Honey.
A new UK study has found that the Scotish Company Heather honey is cultivated by bees buzzing around the Scottish Highlands and is even more effective than Manuka Honey, in battling bacteria.
The researchers have now come to a conclusion that importing Manuka from the other side of the world is unnecessary, when better local sources are available.
It has been thoroughly-researched that Manuka Honey is the world's only medical grade honey. Also, its anti-bacterial properties are widely used as a wound dressing in veterinary medicine.
But a Scottish researcher and equine surgeon has just launched the findings of a new study, which tells about other honeys which could be used as anti-bacterial wound dressings.
Dr. Patrick Pollock of University of Glasgow said honey helps to promote healing, cleaning the wound and keeping it infection free.
He said, "Although Manuka has been the most studied honey source to date, other honey sources may have valuable antimicrobial properties too". He added if vets were able to use locally-sourced, cheaper honey as a wound dressing, it would be very beneficial, particularly in poorer countries.
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